~J-drama “Taiyou no kisetsu”, why you must watch…

How far will a grudge take you? What sacrifices would you make to fit into society? How will the cost of losing true friendships affect you? Can you persevere through the thick of it all? Just a few of the moralities explored in the Japanese drama “Taiyou no kisetsu” (“The season of the sun”). The handsome and talented Takizawa Hideaki stars alongside a talented cast including Ikewaki Chizuru, Okada Yoshinori, and Matsumoto Rio in a heartfelt drama which follows the often self tormented life of Tatsuya (Takizawa Hideaki) as he struggles with a dark past which leads to a “fake” life in which he often needs to choose between his true heart’s feelings in a battle between the need for revenge and that of ultimate redemption. This drama is true old school with every ingredient the viewer needs: the mysterious past waiting to reveal itself, an unorthodox love triangle brought upon by ironically..hate, the overbearing and eccentric mother that makes you go…eh?, a rich kid with a kind heart that ultimately leads to mixed feelings as he rivals the lead character in a way you originally couldn’t imagine…yes a twist awaits!, a rich kid you’d like to punch the living daylights out of, an overly sheltered handicapped sweet girl who’s music reaches the heart of the matter (played by Ikewaki Chizuru ♥) that makes you want to cry and you will :(, vicious corporate schemes aimed at bringing it all down, an often aloof mother of the lead character, abused ice cream cones, numerous gratuitous Tackey shower scenes…someone find him a shirt! :P, and it all comes to a head in ways which the viewer couldn’t even imagine as the drama unfolds beautifully with Tackey running for something larger than his beginnings…his self sacrifice…his malicious behavior….his heartbreak….his deception…and ultimately lead to his crying charge for redemption in the darkest of hours…will he succeed? You’ll have to watch to find out. Sure some of the characters are grossly underdeveloped but what’s not to love here?…not much. Just have the tissues ready…key the song here, hit play…

~Takizawa Hideaki “Kiseki” mp3~

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Dramas theme songs are so vital to any series and here there couldn’t possibly be a more fitting song as Tackey’s solo “Kiseki” mirrors in a very symbolic and literal way the feeling and meaning of this entire drama. Not bad as a feat for a single song as the emotions delivered in this track couldn’t be more appropriate and welcome. And it’s ability to heighten this drama’s appeal?…two fold and then some and while this drama is rather old I’ve known the theme song “Kiseki” much longer and I can’t express the magnitude of the excitement that I felt when I initially heard it playing while the menu loaded! (^o^)/!! To know a song first….love it with all of your heart….and then find out that it’s theme song for a drama that really touched you….equals pure ♥.

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Here’s the DVD set that I was able to find and the production is beautiful with even the disc being picture labeled.

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~Takizawa Hideaki “Kiseki” pv~

“Kiseki” is from Tackey & Tsubasa’s debut album titled “Hatachi” and the songwriting on this particular album is really stellar and it still remains as their best written album in my opinion…and that being true despite many favorites of mine being on later albums and singles which followed including “Ho! Summer” which still stands as my most favorite song by them overall! ^-^ Different songwriters and a really different style to “Hatachi” just makes it stand apart in so many ways

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Tackey & Tsubasa’s albums, singles, and DVDs can be purchased here at Cdjapan.

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20 Responses to ~J-drama “Taiyou no kisetsu”, why you must watch…

  1. philipleslie says:

    Thank you so much for putting me onto this excellent dorama. After promising to only watch one episode a day, to make it last, I watched three in a row yesterday. It’s completely addictive! Tatsuya, the impossibly good looking lead, is wonderfully complex, and very much a Tom Ripley character (as in The Talented Mr Ripley), infiltrating a group of well-to-do friends with an ulterior motive… I love all the characters, and they’re each memorable, from the spiteful housekeeper to beautiful and sensitive Eiko. Her mother, the failing concert pianist, is excellent too. (There’s a wonderful French film which I’m reminded of: http://www.amazon.com/The-Page-Turner-Catherine-Frot/dp/B000P6R9NK) The dorama is so well made too. At one point Tatsuya is having a heart-to-heart with Shinji and kept in shot is the teddy bear Shinji gave to Yuki, and which Tatsuya had nominated for his prize (except he was pointing at Yuki who was clutching it) after winning the pool game, saying that he wanted the thing that was dearest to Shinji. It’s Eiko who steals your heart, though, and makes you want to buy a plane ticket to go and protect her. You really feel her happiness and pain. I love that her sad piano piece is heard in the soundtrack at various moments. It gets more poignant every time you hear it. And what a great choice to use the Beach Boys songs too. The credits sequence is amazing, shot like a dream, with an incredible song. One of the best credits sequences I’ve seen.

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    • “The Page Turner” has such a deep plot of characters and intentions too!…just reading the synopsis in reviews. I was wondering if you’d be able to hold out on just an episode a day ah I’d have caved too! Oh speaking of Tatsuya, the actor is indeed sooooooooooo handsome like I couldn’t dream up ~* a more beautiful guy!!!! That’s a perfect analogy with the ulterior motives and the depth of characters and how they interact with one another…..U~n the camera work and images are so specific and you really get so much more from those scenes as they become even more poignant in meaning with the sets images playing as characters too in a sense. Eiko….Ikewaki Chizuru~♥….so happy you’ve fallen in love with her character and she’s such an adorable sweet person too in real life…remember the Bistro episode…well I was writing there that I was wanting to up the video for that Bistro episode so that you could watch but not until after you absolutely adore her in this drama….ahhh mission accomplished =P! Theme songs heighten a drama’s appeal so much I so agree and perfect choices here…oh and as I was about to say atop here about Tatsuya….Takizawa Hideaki♥ hot Tackey!!! He sings the main theme and it really is visually orchestrated so awesome…but anyway I’ve got more Tackey to share with you….”Kiseki”‘s music video is just above in this post in case you’ve watched….? The music video itself is symbolic in its visuals and meaning as pertaining to its lyrics….such a perfect ~* song all around. How far have you’ve gotten? I imagine you may have finished it already? So happy you love the song!!!! Yes!!!

      I’m still catching up on comments, I apologize so much.

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      • philipleslie says:

        I’m not the world’s most observant person, which is why I could read your post and completely miss the photo of the album cover! ‘Kiseki’ is a lovely song. Doesn’t ‘Hatachi’ mean 20 years old? As I wrote elsewhere, I have two episodes to go. I’m dreading what’s going to happen to Eiko. I also feel great sympathy for Shinji, who is (or rather was) a kind and trusting person, like Eiko. Now he’s losing everything simply by association with the bank… I see that Ikewaki Chizuru voiced The Cat Returns! while also-beautiful Matsumoto Rio is in Tokyo Friends, which is on my to-watch list. There are so many things on that list! It’s so good these shows are online.
        Don’t worry about catching up with comments. It’s Christmas. Speaking of which, I will take this opportunity to wish you a Very Merry Christmas! Do Hawaiians have any interesting twists on the original Christmas recipe, or is it celebrated pretty much as on the US mainland?

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        • ヾ(^∇^)おはよー♪

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        • I can only be on for a little and by now you must think I’m the worst corrspondent….but I’m not normally this way, still I know I’ve been terrible here and I apologize so much…basically I know I’ve sucked recently..sorry.

          U~n!♥ “kiseki!!!” “Hatachi” is twenty years old you are right and it’s the title of Tackey & Tsubasa’s (the other hot guy) debut album under Johnny’s. It’s an immaculate album, but more on that later. aH YEs Matsumoto Rio is here too….we’ve spoken about her at length too here haven’t we =D…

          https://morningberryz48.wordpress.com/2011/04/14/searching-for-matsumoto-megumi/

          She usually has a much more likeable character but okay I’m going to quote/paste you here now from your entry @ the Chizuru/Rena Bistro post:

          ‘I hadn’t anticipated what was going to happen in the final episode, which I watched earlier. Oh so very sad! I couldn’t believe it. Poor sweet Eiko. Her finals scenes were truly heartbreaking. I did think selfishly that it should have been Tatsuya instead, but that wouldn’t have made any sense, as he might as well have drowned after all.
          Eiko’s departure aside, it did end very satisfyingly, with all the characters finding resolution of some kind; from the housekeeper to Yuki.
          Now I must find another drama with Ikewaki Chizuru fully alive in it. But first I am to start with your other recommendation ‘Sekkai no Chuushin… ‘ I will launch into that tomorrow.’

          First though, Christmas here is pretty much the same I think as in elsewhere…we have what we call pot~lucks thought with gatherings where everyone gets together and provides a dish or more to the celebration ~*…it’s really Hawaii custom to bring a dish/dessert when being invited but it’s more or less a universal thing isn’t it lol so perhaps only the term ‘pot luck’ is Hawaii’s own =P,

          So happy you finished!!! lol that after now typing it sounds like a sexual dialogue omg sorry (*´艸`) !Dramas can be like that where you just can’t stop watching ne~…=)~! U~n the final episodes really brought so much to a head and even with Tatsuya’s being used himself was unforseen and yet his accomplice made his own ammends in taking to the crime as his own…..it ties up everything as you’ve said and yet it’s tragic in so many ways.

          For the Sun…Eiko’s song, how dramas can seamlessly make them a part of the ‘background’ and yet they’re so central in emotions and meaning of those scenes in which they are heard are poignant beyond words. From Tatsuya’s tragic prior life…his father….the suicide…his mind set…..the scheming….the bank scheme….revenge….untrue love (with Yuki) Matsumoto Rio/Megumi was so wonderful in her role throughout….you mentioned the theme and ending credits visuals….so truly artistic I agree and deeply symbolic too and isn’t it so much like Tackey’s “Kiseki” music video…..I remember wanting to take a broom so to speak to the housekeeper UGH! she was such a dislikeable character and yet she did redeem herself…her formal apology to Eiko meant a lot…..Shinjj…wow I can’t even express how much you feel for him and yet in some way you’re still rooting for Tatsuya beneath it all….he was a purely sweet and genuine heart and I’m happy that he got back with Yuki in the end as he’s such a kind hearted and when he dove in to save Tatsuya it speaks volumes of whom he is……I know he had other thoughts as to saving Tatsuya as in having him live with guilt-regret forever and still his actions were most noble….and the piano’s central theme throughout the entire drama……the piano is such an impassioned instrument…….how Eiko wrote from the heart and yet her mother was so technical with her approach…..I’m so so happy that you’ve taken to Ikewaki Chizuru~♥..she’s a gentle heart and so sweet…..adorable times a million….a great actress…..I’ll be upping her Bistro appearance with Tanaka Rena……hugs♥….I know you’ll be going away for the holidays now and I’ll miss you..really you’re the reason for me to stay here, you really are.

          LOve X LOve

          mb

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          • btw….when are we getting married =D ?

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            • philipleslie says:

              Straight away! What are traditional Hawaiian-style weddings like. I imagine there are a lot of flowers.

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              • Mmm…there will be an abundance of flowers and there are many scenic locations here to get married at or it could be a much less formal affair which would be equally lovely. Being if I were with child I’d think it would have to be soon but as your little swimmers couldn’t possibly reach me from so far away no need to panic…(^q^)!

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          • philipleslie says:

            こんばんは。そなは朝です。日曜日です。I think some of that might be wrong! Apologies. So lovely to hear your thoughts.A shame I missed you online just now… I too liked the distinction between Eiko and her mother, the head and the heart, as it were. I’m hoping that outside of the drama, the cousin Keihou learned to play that electric keyboard he acquired for Eiko and will write his own songs. I see the drama was based on a novel. I wonder how different it is from the adaptation…
            Fear not, I won’t be far from the computer, and will be here for a while. I’m truly humbled you value our dialogue here so highly (I’m giving a very low おじぎ (?)(humble bowing) at this point). I’d feel terribly guilty though if you were to renew your WP because of me, even though your post is indispensable, and the best I’ve ever found! My big regret is not finding you earlier. I set up this blog ages ago and never used it.
            Looking forward to the Bistro video a lot. Oh, and you’re far from being a terrible correspondent. It’s wonderful that you reply as much as you do, and I treasure our connection.

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            • I love that you’re writing in Japanese here =D….so you’ve said the greeting for the evening time, here afterwards you might say it like….今は、日曜日朝です。The no particle could be used after nichiyoubi also but both would be okay =). lol yes the keyboard he worked so hard to purchase for Eiko…wasn’t that so sweet♥ of him albeit that things didn’t work out and I’m yet to me a guy whom would go running out of his own place with pillow in hand just because a girl was going to sleep in the same room as he lol….then again he nearly slept right with her didn’t he =O. Oh I hadn’t reallized it was based on an actual novel and not a script only…for the author’s sake I do hope that they kept as closely to the original writing as possible =). Oh no please no bowing….a gentle handshake or cheek pecks would be much better! Meeting someone whom truly shares interests and passions and loves to express themselves openly is inspiration ~* to me, really is…and when you blog through lots of silence (and yet a lot of silent visitors) it does make the experience of blogging a lot less fun so, no meeting you means a lot and I too do wish we’d met earlier when I was a lot more active in blogging here as I had a lot more bloggy time to spend. Thank you so much~♥!

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              • philipleslie says:

                先生、ありがとうございました。There was a spelling mistake (そな when I meant それ) in my second sentence above which I can blame upon my careless typing. I’ve just bought a new and better Basic Japanese book, which has a much better structure than the one I was battling with. I’ve had a couple of surprises over pronunciation: おりがみ I’ve discovered, should sound more like oringami (the ‘ng’ as in ‘singer’). The same for ‘manga’. I doubt if I’ll ever get beyond the basics, but then I surprise myself by understanding every so many words in a dorama….I doubt if the novel has been translated. Have you seen Sky of Love? 恋空。It stars the beautiful Arigaki Yui. That was based on a phone novel. How do phone novels work, then? Do you get a chapter at a time: like, one a day, or could you just keep on downloading and reading in one go? In that one of the characters drops to the floor to beg forgiveness (I think it was). This happens a lot in the doramas I’ve watched. Is it common in everyday life? It’s not something that’s done over here and always looks so very dramatic. It it surely the ultimate expression of sincerity to prostrate yourself.

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                • Oh no I’m in no way qualified =P!! There are some of those nuances in pronunciation which may be odd at first but after awhile they become second nature =). Oh I’ve never heard of that title before but I do like some of Aragaki Yui’s works….phone novels are fascinating and mostly they’re through subscriptions where you’d receive them chapter by chapter so I’m thinking you may not be able to get an entire works all at once although I’m not entirely sure of that. It’s really deeply embedded into Japanese culture going back to olden days and in some circumstances it would be appropriate even in today’s business settings if the situation were extreme enough where a subordinate is asking for forgiveness/ understanding…it’s the ultimate showing of respect if one were to get down so low with head bowed deeply just as you’ve said.

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                  • philipleslie says:

                    You may like the Aragaki Yui movie, as I did, although I did have a slight problem believing she’d be attracted to her yankee boyfriend, and the plot has a couple of odd twists in places….I’m wondering how phone novels are chosen, and how many words they are. I’ll Google it! There might be something written on the subject in English

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        • Oh dear! Had I forgotten to say that for “Sekai no chuushin..” please watch the movie and not the drama…omg I hope it’s not too late?

          Oya~chu♥…..it’s late here…

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          • philipleslie says:

            No, not too late. The movie’s the one with the Hirai Ken theme, right? I fast-forwarded episode 1 of the drama to hear the closing theme and wondered why a different song was being used. Now I understand why!

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            • Yay I caught you in time!! The drama version had slipped my mind but I do prefer the movie version which is a rarity as I love the length of dramas, still the movie version for its cast is just perfect~* and you get a much more powerful impression and lingering haunting from the movie version I think as it’s much more compact with the same story line more or less.

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              • philipleslie says:

                Crying Out Love… has been on my eBay Watch List for a while too. According to the blurb, the English subs are good! Looking forward to that one in the new year.

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                • Ayase Haruka is a fave too as she’s the central female lead, awesome you found the drama version subtitled too. A few years ago she acted in a female lead version of the legendary Zatoichi series which was originally played by a male, “Ichi.” I just realized too that Osawa Takao acts in both “Ich” and in the movie version you’re about to watch =).

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